About Community Led Planning

What is a Community Led Plan?

 A Community Led Plan (also called Village Appraisals, Parish Plans and Market Town Healthchecks) sets out an overall vision of how your community wants to develop and identifies the action needed for you to achieve it.

The step-by-step process is structured to support and empower your community to identify and address a range of different social, economic, environmental and cultural issues.

You can plan to achieve anything from organising regular litter picks, buying a defibrillator for a community building, setting up a homework club, through to addressing housing development.

For more information on Community Planning and the difference between Community Led Planning and Neighbourhood Planning, click here

A  structured process

CLP offers a structured modular process for your community to:

  • research and identify the most important local issues.
  • use this evidence to develop a detailed plan of action for bringing about specific improvements.
  • come together, develop a shared understanding and agree on a range of actions that can be delivered for the benefit of everyone locally.

Using the CLP framework is a helpful way to prepare your community to take advantage of the ‘rights’ introduced in 2012 by the government, including ‘Community Right to Buy and Neighbourhood Planning.’

Thousands of communities  have produced CLP’s 

If you choose to develop a Community Led Plan for your area, you will be following in the footsteps of over 4,000 other communities nationwide that have produced similar plans since the late 1970s.

In 2001 the Government initiated the CLP concept with local authorities as a way of getting communities to create a grass-roots movement to do more for themselves unencumbered by red tape.

CLP Core Principles

There are three core principles that define CLP and distinguish it from other methods of community engagement:

  1. Plans are owned, managed and led by your community: your community sets its own agenda to bring about positive change and leads on the management and delivery of a plan, working closely with other organisations as well as the local council.
  2. Everyone in your community should have an opportunity to get involved and have their say: your community will need to attract interest in the plan’s production, recruit volunteers to get things done, use a mix of consultation methods to speak to everyone locally and come to collective decisions about what actions should be pursued.
  3. Actions are based on evidence and address a range of different issues important to your community.

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